“I’m full of joy, redeemed, set free” is the slogan being used by the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. It is taken from the opening lines of a psalm-poem by the Rhineland cabaret artist and writer Hanns Dieter Hüsch (1925-2005).

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Worldwide Ecumenism

World Council of Churches

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is the comprehensive and representative organisation of the modern ecumenical movement, with the goal of Christian unity. The WCC represents around 560 million Christians. 

They come from 349 member churches, denominations and church communities in more than 100 countries. These include the majority of the Orthodox churches, along with churches coming from the tradition of the Protestant Reformation, such as Anglicans, Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists and Reformed, as well as United and Independent churches.

While the original founding members came from Europe and North America, today the membership consists predominantly of churches from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific. The Roman Catholic Church maintains a working relationship.

As members of this fellowship, WCC member churches commit themselves to:

  •  recognise the call to the goal of visible unity in one faith and one Eucharistic fellowship;
  •  promote their common witness in work for mission and evangelism;
  • engage in Christian service by serving human need, breaking down barriers between people, seeking justice and peace, and upholding the integrity of creation;
  • foster renewal in unity, worship, mission and service.

The Evangelical Church in the Rhineland is a member of the WCC through its membership of the Evangelical Church in Germany.

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